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More Escapes from Side Control (diary entry)

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15.06.20 Tonight my client completed her fourth lesson in her second MMA course, which has largely become a Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. We continued going over pin transitions and spent more time on escaping side control. The lesson began with ground-fighting callisthenics. These moves began with the bottom position as we dynamically stretched through upas, snakes, side winders and did some neck conditioning. I also introduced three exercises to drill the guard position. We then moved onto the top position with […]

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Low Kicks, Double Legs and the Americana (diary entry)

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04.05.20   The eighth hour of this client’s current course in Mixed Martial Arts training continued in lockdown. My client is self-isolated with a partner who has agreed to train with us. Tonight we spent time working on some low-kick combinations, two versions of the double leg takedown and Americana from side control.   We began with our usual warm up of dynamic stretching and sport-specific callisthenics. My two clients then partnered off for some footwork. This was followed by […]

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Fighting from and against Pins (diary entry)

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  07.02.20   Friday night began my client on a Submission Grappling course. This is not his first but we decided it was an area that needed attention. Tonight’s one hour lesson acted as a revision on fighting from and defending pins.   We began with some dynamic stretching and submission grappling callisthenics – bear crawls, lizard crawls, crab crawls, seal crawls, explosive backward press-ups, frog jumps, monkey crawls, snaking/shrimping, sidewinding, sit-outs, arm-bar reverse crunches, triangle reverse crunches and upa […]

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Closing up Side Control, Stack Escape & Specific Sparring (diary entry)

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28.01.20 Tuesday night’s first lesson brought my client up to the eighth hour of his Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. My client was interested in a closer examination of his performance via sparring. We ended up focusing on aspects of attacking from the top and defending against stacking in the guard. The lesson began with an overview of the various ground-fighting callisthenics before going straight into 4 x 2 minute rounds of sparring. This is unusually short for submission grappling which usually […]

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Escapes & The Guard (diary entry)

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21.11.19   Thursday night’s first lesson brought my junior clients up to the seventh hour of their Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. We covered a lot of ground tonight, introducing the guard.   The lesson began with a warm-up crawls and snaking followed by transitioning through pins with submissions. Then we drilled escapes from side control and scarf-hold. This brought us onto the guard where we looked at escapes, sweeps and submissions.   The escape taught was the simple hip-out escape. This […]

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Putting the Pinning Drill Together (diary entry)

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10.10.19   The second of my two junior clients’ first course on Basic Submission Grappling finished off their pin transitioning and introduced them to their first submissions.   Training began with various top position callisthenics for submission grappling such as the various crawls and also some snaking/shrimping. We then moved onto the pin transition drill. We revised side control, adjusted scarf-hold, north-south position, scarf-hold again and then the knee-pin. Here I corrected hip positioning and maintaining good weight distribution. Different […]

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Escaping Side Control and Scarf Hold (diary entry)

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10.09.19   My first Tuesday night client completed their sixth hour in their first course on Submission Grappling for Martial Arts Cross Training. Tonight we focused on escaping pins.   We began with grappling callisthenics, including various crawls. Then we went through the pin transitions three times on each side and then with progressive resistance.   We began our escape series with defence against side control. This involved reversing the pin and escaping to guard. I also covered escaping an […]

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Side Control (diary entry)

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06.08.19   The second of my client’s first basic course in Submission Grappling/Ground Fighting confirmed basic pin transitions and looked at three basic submissions.   We began with a series of ground calisthenics – bear crawls, lizard crawls, frog jumps, snaking (forwards/backwards/sideways), monkey crawls and agility ladder drills.   Next we moved onto the pin transitions. This was an exercise introduced in the previous lesson to familiarise my client the basic pinning positions and how to move efficiently from one […]

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Jump Push Kicks, Knee Bombs, Side Control Reversals & Half-Guard Lockdowns (diary entry)

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15.04.19   Monday night began the first lesson of my client’s specially tailored martial arts cross training course. The course will focus half on stand-up striking and half on ground-fighting. Unlike most lessons and cross-training courses, these areas will be unconnected and will not be united by a single theme. Rather they are areas the client, now a two year veteran of my teaching method, has specifically selected. We began with a look at the jumping push kick and the […]

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Stand-up & Ground Fighting (diary entry)

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27.03.19   Tonight the nephew and uncle team continued work in Muay Thai and MMA top position ground-fighting. The former addressed improving combination work, introduced the spinning elbow and back kick, whereas the latter worked on developing positions and striking set-ups for submissions.   The junior lesson began with a walk through of punch-kick combinations and clinch-work. Then we moved onto kick-catching and counters. This led us onto the spinning elbow set-up. We used this off a jab, off a […]

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